Arctic Panzer Wolf - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
We pour a dusky, pumpkin orange brew. It holds a two finger tannish head, showing great retention. Thick sheets of lacing are left around the glass, with a thick foam across the top of the beer for the remainder of the tasting. There is a thick haze, but no sediment, and carbonation appears robust. The aroma is glorious with huge citrics and soap. Floral, nectary sugars of peach, nectarine, and under ripe banana add fruit, while booze adds pepper and spice. The malts are light, toasty, and metallic. Lemon tannins of a lemony breakfast tea come out with warmth. Our first impression is that this guy is surprisingly bitter. The flavoring opens with toasted malts and citric hops, lemon and orange, and some pine. Sour grain and lactics, along with an added citric sugariness mark the start. The peak shows warm spice, bitter clove, and light medicinals. The bitterness begins, with dirty and muddy pine cones. These carry to the finish, with lactic sours, more clovey phenols, and bittering citric hop cone and rind. The aftertaste breathes of fresh florals, citrus, earthy hop resin, sweet white sugar, and general citric bitterness. Really the aftertaste encompasses most of big aromatics. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. There is biting metallic astringency down the tongue and hard palate, with a satisfying slurp, cream, and pop to each sip. The final drops are slick and oily, and the beer drinks nicely. The abv is appropriate.
Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the aroma. There was such a great bright hop, and a beautiful mix of sugary sweetness. This is why the first few sips were so surprising in their bitterness. With warmth, however, the spice and hops really cool down, and come to a supreme balance with the malts, for a great representation of the style.
08-06-2012 22:04:57 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
TCGoalie picked this up for me - thanks! Reviewed from notes made on 10/19/10.
A: Pours a murky golden-orange into a snifter. There is not much of a head of which to speak. What is there is egg-white in color. Some small yeast chunks flat in a beer bath. I cannot see the carbonation bubbles through the murk. Lacing forms on the glass in vertical sticky curves and dots.
S: Sweet aromas of peach and apricot are the main smells, supported by a dry, piney hoppiness. Borrowing from what the brewery says on the bottle, I can smell marmalade, along with creamy marshmallow. The dry hop aroma also speaks of grapefruit with deeper inhales. I also smell some nice dry biscuit and caramel malt sweetness.
T: Peach and apricot are also the dominant flavor upfront, combined with a tasty caramel malt sweetness. The creamy marmalade then carries the middle of the sip, followed by a dry pine, grapefruit, and biscuit finish. The dry taste lingers on my palate for a long time after each swallow. As the beer warms, the high a.b.v. becomes more present.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied and maybe a little lacking in carbonation. There is an interesting spicy sizzle on the my tongue. This could be from the yeast chunks floating in the beer.
D: APW is pleasantly sweet and puckering at the same time. It's not my favorite Imperial IPA (although Dreadnaught is from the same brewery), but it was quite enjoyable to imbibe.
10-30-2010 17:45:15 | More by TCHopCraver
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Nice deep orange with about 1 finger white head. Head dissipated quickly.
S: lots of sweet orange and grapefruit/sweet fruits.
T: you get sweet citrus, similar to orange juice upfront. Some really sweet maltiness followed with a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.
good beer way more balanced then I expected it to be. Great beer.
12-02-2011 09:13:02 | More by poibag808
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
A: a hazy golden orange, some sediment visible little to no head.
S: a broad citrus smell overshadows hints of pine and florals, well rounded, not overly bitter.
T: hops sizzle the palate throughout the sip, leaves a tingling aftertaste of tropical citrus fruits.
MF/D: an initial sizzle of carbonation leaves the tongue numb for a relatively smooth/dry finish, certainly would lose feeling in my face with more than 1 bottle.
09-15-2010 01:13:17 | More by newk340
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
A - Pours a clear honey color with two fingers of craggy white head with good retention and nice lacing.
S - Big aromas of grapefruit, florals and resiny pine hops.
T - Crisp hops, again with a lot of bitter grapefruit and pine, big floral taste. This was sweeter than expected from the aroma but finishes bitter, but not dry.
M - Medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel.
O - A really nice DIPA, and a nice contrast to Dreadnaught, which I prefer to this slightly.
02-27-2012 02:15:49 | More by warnerry
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
It's a murky yellow-orange. The color itself isn't all that appealing--what's left after a post-explosive flush. And despite that imagery that's nothing short of disgusting, it looks delicious. The savior: a thick frothy head that would probably stay there forever were I never to take a sip. It's been several minutes since this one found it's new home in my DFH Signature glass, and only one small side has slightly dissipated. Even where that's happened, creamy froth coats the glass, and I still can see the top of the actual beer. It's among the best-looking froths I've ever seen. It beckons.
I read the bottle label, so I cheated a little. I probably wouldn't have found white wine, but chardonnay? Orange marmalade? Fruits, for sure. And lots of American hops. I've been hopped out lately, and sadly, even stouted out. I don't really like winter brews, so I've been leaning toward Belgian here at the turn of the year. But this beauty welcomes me back to the hop!
A little thin, honestly, is my first reaction. All of a sudden, the smell isn't as cool. No doubt I'm being critical--that's what I do when I write reviews--but it's missing something. It's good, but short of my sky-high expectations. I guess the hops are sufficient (I so don't want to say "more hops"), and it's the FEEL that seems lacking--too thin and dry. Is it fair? Should I share that I keep thinking about Hopslam's arrival as I sit here sipping? I don't know what to blame...I look back at the bottle and pick the Canadian malt (damn Canadians--j/k). It's not bitter enough. It's not sweet enough. Oh, geez, it's not Hopslam enough, okay? It's good but, unfortunately, forgettable. Still, it's good enough to drink all day. Thank you, Will (wilwfu), for this one--from a box so good nobody'd believe me if I listed its contents.
01-09-2011 21:12:43 | More by marvin213
Arctic Panzer Wolf from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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